Crewmembers of the Coast Guard Cutter Blacktip transport survivors of a boat fire.

Channelling the Blacktip

Story provided by Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Konopa, crewmember of the Coast Guard Cutter Blacktip Being located within the Channel Islands area of responsibility presents many unique opportunities and challenges for the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Blacktip. Just […]


The sun sets over the moored Motor Lifeboats of Coast Guard Station Morro Bay.

Station Morro Bay

Story by Fireman Daniel Rinear, cremwmber of Coast Guard Station Morro Bay Coast Guard Station Morro Bay is unique in that we are one of only 20 surf stations in the Coast Guard, and the southernmost at that! What this […]


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A moment in Monterey

Story provided by Petty Officer Matthew Mcmahon The environment and caseload experienced by Coast Guard Station Monterey’s crew produces as much diversity in its mission as present in the populace they serve and protect. From the stoic cliff faces of Point Sur […]


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Station Channel Islands: Protecting North America’s Galapagos

Story by Amanda Lewis Photos by Coast Guard Auxiliarist Michael Brodey Probably few people have heard of Oxnard, California, the home of Coast Guard Station Channel Islands Harbor. Fewer still could pronounce its neighbor and close partner, Port Hueneme (wy-nee-mee), […]


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Training a comin’

Story by PA1 Bill Colclough; Thanks to Master Chief Petty Officer Christopher Wright for contributing information “COAST GUARD IN SHELTER COVE, THE SKIPPER IS HAVING A SEIZURE. HE’S BLEEDING FROM THE MOUTH. HE’S DYING!”  A seismic transmission over VHF-FM crackled distress […]


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Chasing a dream

Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class Connie Terrell Listening to the helicopter’s rotor blades slice through the night sky while watching his feet dangle above the turbulent water, the words “never quit,” repeated over and over in his head. Never […]


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Keeping Coast Guard Cutter Blackfin at the top of her game

Written by Lt. j.g. David Zwirblis and Chief Petty Officer James McDermott The Coast Guard Cutter Blackfin, located in Santa Barbara, California, performs a wide array of missions working for Sector Los Angeles/Long Beach. The ship’s primary focuses have been […]


Seaman Ryan Huber conducts surface swimmer training May 21, 2014.

The Barracuda Swimmer

Story by: Seaman Ryan Huber Edited/posted by: Petty Officer 3rd Class Adam Stanton   My name is Ryan Huber; I am a seaman aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Barracuda. When I first arrived, I wrote about my experience in the […]


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Rescuing the rescuer

Story and photos by PA3 Connie Terrell  On an average day, the U.S. Coast Guard conducts 109 search and rescue cases, saves 10 lives and assists 192 people in distress. But what happens when one of their own needs rescuing? […]


Sunrise over the San Francisco Bay as seen from Air Station San Francisco. (Coast Guard photo by LTJG Matthew Udkow)

Teamwork: Above, Below and Beyond

Story by Lt Marshall Burtt, Coast Guard Air Station San FranciscoThe sun was setting as the USS Shoup, a U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke Class destroyer steamed toward San Francisco still more than 80 miles offshore.  A sailor on board was […]


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